Breast Reduction


Breasts are often an important aspect of a woman’s femininity and attractiveness. However, there are times when breasts can be so big that they have a negative impact on your life. It’s common for women with very large breasts to experience physical issues such as chronic back and neck pain that make it hard to lead an active lifestyle. These women may also experience difficulty participating in physical activities and finding clothing that fits appropriately. 

If you experience these issues, breast reduction can be life-changing. In fact, “I wish I would have done this years ago” is the most common comment we hear from women after breast reduction surgery. The procedure is performed to reduce the size and weight of your breasts, allowing you to enjoy an active, pain-free life.

Dr. Raymond Jean is a board certified plastic surgeon who has helped many women improve the quality of their life through breast reduction. You can learn about your options and receive individualized treatment recommendations by speaking with Dr. Jean in person. Please call 484-222-0010 today to schedule a consultation. Main Line Plastic Surgery serves patients in Bryn Mawr, Villanova and throughout the Main Line of Philadelphia.

What Are The Benefits of Breast Reduction?

breast reduction patient in PhiladelphiaYour breast reduction procedure can deliver a wide range of benefits that improve your health, appearance, comfort and lifestyle. Some of these benefits may include:

  • Improved overall physical comfort
  • Reduction of chronic back, neck and shoulder pain
  • Improved ability to participate in your favorite athletic activities
  • More positive body image and improved self-confidence
  • Look and feel better in clothing
  • More balanced figure and proportional body contour
  • Decreased breast droop

Who Is A Good Candidate For Breast Reduction?

If you experience problems in your daily life due to the size of your breasts, then you most likely are a good candidate for breast reduction. Common issues that can be addressed with breast reduction include:

  • Chronic back, neck or shoulder pain
  • Painful grooves caused by your bra straps digging into your shoulders
  • Problems exercising and engaging in athletic activities
  • Posture problems caused by the weight of your breasts
  • Chafing or irritation of the skin underneath your breasts
  • Problems finding clothing that fits well
  • Unwanted attention focused directly on your breasts
  • Feelings of self-consciousness over the size of your breasts

In addition, good breast reduction candidates should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations for the outcome of their procedure. If you smoke, you will need to quit prior to surgery and throughout the recovery period since smoking can adversely impact healing and results.

What Is The Breast Reduction Procedure?

Dr. Jean will customize your procedure to address your unique needs and goals. Breast reduction is generally performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. The entire procedure can be completed in two to three hours, and you will be able to go home the same day.

During breast reduction, Dr. Jean will remove excess fat, skin and tissue in the breasts in order to make them smaller. The remaining skin is tightened, and the nipple and areola are repositioned to achieve a more attractive appearance. In addition, your procedure will result in a breast lift that provides a perkier, more youthful look.

View before-and-after photos of breast reduction results.

When Will I See Results After Breast Reduction Surgery?

Your results will become more noticeable as the swelling subsides, but it may take up to six months before you experience your final results.

What To Expect While Recovering From Breast Reduction

You may be sore and have a limited range of motion for about a week following surgery. For this reason, we recommend taking some time off from work and having someone to help with childcare or household activities during the first week of recovery. In addition, you will need to have someone drive you home after surgery due to the lingering effects of the anesthesia.

You will need to wear a supportive bra 24 hours a day for a few weeks. After that time, you should gradually transition into a regular bra. Most patients only take prescription pain medicine for a few days and some only use Tylenol. 

When Can I Resume Normal Activity After Breast Reduction?

You will need to resume activity gradually. Dr. Jean will carefully monitor your recovery and let you know when it is safe to ramp up your activity level. In general, you should expect to refrain from intense athletic activities for about a month after surgery. Most patients can resume other normal activities in one week.

Is Breast Reduction Covered by Insurance?

In some instances, breast reduction may be covered by insurance if it is determined to be medically necessary, but this is becoming less common. Factors which may impact whether insurance will cover your procedure include:

  • The specifics of your insurance plan
  • Your symptoms
  • The amount of breast tissue being removed

Breast reduction is most commonly considered medically necessary in situations where the size of your breasts results in significant pain. Unfortunately, even though your doctors may feel breast reduction is medically necessary, this does not always mean insurance with cover the procedure.  During your consultation, Dr. Jean and his staff will work with you to determine whether your procedure may be covered by insurance. If so, we will help you fill out all necessary paperwork.

Contact our Philadelphia Plastic Surgeon

Please contact Main Line Plastic Surgery using the form on this page or call 484-222-0010 today to schedule your breast reduction consultation. We serve patients in Bryn Mawr, Villanova and throughout the Main Line of Philadelphia.